Psychologist: Mom not criminally responsible in swing death

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A court-appointed forensic psychologist says a woman who was found pushing her dead son in a playground swing in Maryland last year suffers from schizophrenia and is not criminally responsible in the child's death.

The Washington Post ( reports it's unclear how the report could affect the case of 25-year-old Romechia Simms and whether a judge will declare her not criminally responsible or reject the findings and move forward with the proceedings. Simms' trial was scheduled to begin Monday in Charles County.

Authorities have said Simms put her 3-year-old child, Ji'Aire Donnell Lee, in a playground swing the morning of May 20. She was spotted the morning of May 22 pushing her child's lifeless body. A medical examiner ruled the boy died of dehydration and low body temperature.


Information from: The Washington Post,